ZINEDINE ZIDANE The favourite, both with the bookies and United's disgruntled supporters, is Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman stood down as Real Madri
The favourite, both with the bookies and United’s disgruntled supporters, is Zinedine Zidane.
The Frenchman stood down as Real Madrid boss after leading the Spanish side to a third consecutive Champions League triumph with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in May.
Despite his remarkable record in European competition, there are those that remain unconvinced by the former France international’s coaching ability, with the argument being that he is tactically limited and also little more than a cup specialist.
However, such an attitude does Zidane a huge disservice, given he also won La Liga in 2016-17. There is no denying, though, that the most impressive aspect of his Real reign was the way in which he successfully managed a group of superstars, maintaining harmony in a dressing-room of massive egos and also rotating Cristiano Ronaldo regularly and effectively. One would imagine that one of the most revered figures in world football would have an even bigger impact upon on a United side that, despite Mourinho’s protestations to the contrary, has been lacking in unity and confidence since the start of the season.
“For every single manager who is younger than him, he was an inspiration,” Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said of Jose Mourinho earlier this season. “For everyone. I took a lot of things from him. So many things.” It has is now evident that the student has become the master. Indeed, many have believed for some time that United erred badly by picking Mourinho rather than Pochettino to succeed Louis van Gaal as coach in 2016. By that stage, it was already abundantly obvious that the Argentine was one of the best young coaches in the game.
Of course, the critics will point to the fact that Pochettino has yet to win a trophy of any note in north London but it is worth remembering that he took over a club in disarray and now has Tottenham competing and starring in the Champions League.
Indeed, anybody who witnessed their victory over Real Madrid last season could not have been anything but impressed by the style and swagger of the display.
It was a similar story at Old Trafford in August, with Pochettino making a mockery of Mourinho’s constant moaning about Ed Woodward’s parsimony by beating United 3-0 with a squad that wasn’t strengthened by a single summer signing.
The contrast between the pair, both in terms of style and personality, is stark and it is difficult not to conclude that Pochettino would get more out of United’s players than Mourinho.
The big question is, though: would he really want to swap Spurs for United right now?…
On the face of it, Manchester United have little hope of landing Massimiliano Allegri, who is under contract at Juventus until 2020.
The Italian even turned down Real Madrid during the summer, explaining in June: “I am grateful to president Florentino Perez for taking me into consideration, but I have always liked Juventus’ plans, which are renewed every year with the aim of always winning.
“I will look to continue the improvements that we began four years ago, alongside [Beppe] Marotta, [Fabio] Paratici, [Pavel] Nedved and the president.”
With Cristiano Ronaldo having since arrived in Turin, Allegri is now happier than ever before with his bosses, as he is now closer than ever to realising his dream of lifting the Champions League. However, we know that Allegri would like to work in England and the feeling is that if he were to lead the Old Lady to glory in Madrid next June, he would view it as the ideal time to leave Turin in search of a new challenge. As a five-time Scudetto winner and a two-time Champions League finalist with greater skills of diplomacy and man-management, Allegri would doubtless be a popular choice with both the board and players at Old Trafford. It’s highly unlikely he’d be available until next summer but that could well suited United and the ex-AC Milan boss would be worth the wait.
Ryan Giggs’s chances of being the next Man United boss always appear remote but it seems that no list of potential candidates can be compiled without the Welshman, given the strength of his ties to the club.
The former winger is, of course, an Old Trafford legend, having spent his entire 24-year playing career with the Red Devils, winning a staggering 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues during that time.
He is, therefore, beloved by fans but a return looks unlikely nonetheless. The supporters would arguably love nothing more than seeing Giggs lead their club to success but even they would have doubts over his ability to do so..
Man.ut fans lets hear your say….